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  • Doyle (10 pen), Guedioura (78)
  • Jones (8)
  • Date:2010-05-09
  • Kick-off:16:00
  • Venue:Molineux Stadium
  • Attendance:28971
  • Referee:Mason, L

Live Commentary


Full Time: WOLVERHAMPTON 2-1 SUNDERLAND. Sunderland end the game with nine men and it's Wolves who take the three points in a game that was open and entertaining for large periods. Both sides can now go on a well-earned summer holiday!


Jack Colback receives his second booking and he also gets his marching orders, Sunderland down to 9 men!


The game heads into stoppage time, and both teams can start preparing for another season in the Premiership next season.


Unfortunately the second half hasn't produced the kind of football that the first half did. However both sides have made a very entertaining game out of a dead rubber.


Kevin Foley replaces Matt Jarvis in the last change of the game.


Jack Colback is booked for a bad foul.


Berra has a great chance, but he heads from close range over the bar!


Michael Turner is sent off! He receives his second booking of the game, and the Sunderland man takes an early bath.


Chris Iwelumo on for Kevin Doyle.


WOLVERHAMPTON 2-1 SUNDERLAND. Great work by Zubar who intercepted a Sunderland attack. Wolves break and the ball finds GUEDIOURA, who produces a great strike to give Wolves the lead.


Jack Colback comes on for Steed Malbranque.


Benjani Mwaruwari replaces Lorik Cana.


Mick McCarthy on the other hand knows what it means to be relegated, having finished bottom of the Premiership 3 times, twice with todays opponents! It must be nice for McCarthy to be able to relax today.


Despite only 2 away wins all season, this season will still represent Sunderland's highest points total since 2001, which is remarkable considering most of that has been achieved at home.


Zenden has another attempt on goal that is comfortable for the Wolves keeper, the game has certainly gone down in tempo in the last part of the game.


David Edwards replaces David Jones for Wolves.


Sunderland go on the counter attack, but Joey Craddock makes a great last ditch interception to stop the black cats advance into the box.


With Wolves only scoring 11 at home before today, and Sunderland scoring just 4 more on the road, today did have the potential for a bore draw, but both sides have started the second half as they ended the first, with attacking intent.


Zenden has his first attempt on goal as he tries his luck from range, but it ends up as a comfortable save for Marcus Hahnemann.


A few tasty fouls have been flying around in the opening part of the second half as Lorik Cana this time is adjudged to have fouled.


The second half is underway at Molineux.


A change for the away side at the break as Boudewijn Zenden replaces Jordan Henderson.


Half Time: WOLVERHAMPTON 1-1 SUNDERLAND. It's been a very open and attacking game of football. Both sides should be congratulated on making a good game out of what is, effectively, a dead rubber.


Campbell has the chance to put Sunderland ahead as he receives the ball on the edge of the box, but he blazes the ball over the bar.


Into stoppage time at Wolves, and it looks like the game will be heading into the break all square.


Michael Turner is cautioned for a bad foul on Kevin Doyle.


Nearing the break at Molineux, and both sides are still playing open and attacking football.


Jarvis tries his luck from a narrow angle, its a good effort, but its just wide of the post.


10 minutes until the break, and the fans have been treated to a good first half of football, when on another day, these two sides could have easily just played the game out in a bore draw.


Bent is being booed every time he touches the ball now, the fans will be thinking that if Hahnemann didn't foul Bent, then surely he must have dived? Referee Mason seemed to disagree and play continued.


Bent tries to round keeper Marcus Hahnemann and goes down, the Wolves fans are not happy as they think he has dived, the ref says play on, a controversial moment there from bent.


Sylvan Ebanks-Blake produces a great low save from Black Cats keeper Craig Gordon.


Bent is furious with Campbell! After getting himself into an acre of space in the box, Cambpell decides to go elsewhere with the ball, and that was a great opportunity for Sunderland there.


Matt Jarvis is booked for his foul on Campbell.


A great opening 20 minutes of play here at Wolves, and with nothing to play for bar league position prize money, both sides really seem to be going for the win, something the fans will no doubt be happy with!


Jordan Henderson hits a rather tame shot on goal and is a comfortable save for Marcus Hahnemann.


Malbranque has hit the post! This is an unbelievable possession of play, you would think both these sides are playing for their lives with the game's current tempo!


WOLVERHAMPTON 1-1 SUNDERLAND. Despite the keeper getting a hand on the strike, DOYLE converts from 12 yards to bring the scores level!


Wolves go straight on the attack from kick-off and Jarvis makes a dangerous run into the box, and is brought down by Alan Hutton, and it's a penalty to Wolves!


WOLVERHAMPTON 0-1 SUNDERLAND. Kenwyne Jones scores! It was Fraizer Campbell with the assist, and JONES' shot takes a telling deflection off Jody Craddock as the ball ends up in the back of the net.


A good opening tempo from the two sides at Molineux considering there isn't too much riding on the game.


Bent is on the end of a long ball over the top from Malbranque, and the striker produces a good save from Marcus Hahnemann.


Lee Mason is the man in charge for the game today at Molineux, and he blows his whistle to get the game underway.


The Black Cats also make 3 changes from the team that lost to Manchester United last week. Bardsley, Mensah and Meyler are replaced with Kilgannon, Jones and Alan Hutton, who returns from suspension.


Sunderland starting line-up: Gordon, Hutton, Turner, Kilgallon, Richardson, Campbell, Cana, Henderson, Malbranque, Bent, Jones.


Wolves make 3 changes from the side that lost at Fratton Park. Foley, Mancienne and Bia all make way for Guedioura, Ebanks-Blake and Matt Jarvis, who has returned from a thigh strain.


Wolves starting line-up: Hahnemann, Zubar, Craddock, Berra, Elokobi, Guedioura, Henry, David Jones, Jarvis, Doyle, Ebanks-Blake.

Match Preview

Wolves manager Mick McCarthy comes up against one of his former sides in Sunderland at Molineux on the final day of the season.

The blunt Yorkshireman spent three years on Wearside after replacing Howard Wilkinson as manager in March 2003.

He could not stop the club being relegated from the Premier League that season but, after losing in the Championship play-offs the following year, he guided the Black Cats back to English football's top-flight in the 2004/05 campaign as champions.

McCarthy was axed in March 2006 when his Sunderland side were cast adrift at the foot of the table, but he appears to have learned from his mistakes in the north-east and has kept Wolves out of the bottom three in their first season in the Premier League since the 2003/04 campaign.

They can now start preparing for a second successive season in English football's top-flight for the first time in almost 30 years.

Both clubs have endured sticky patches this term but a late flourish has seen Sunderland move into mid-table while victories in March against Burnley and West Ham United lifted Wolves out of trouble.

Steve Bruce will be without David Meyler, John Mensah (both knee), George McCartney and Andy Reid (both hamstring) for Sunday's game while only Stephen Ward (knee), Matt Jarvis (thigh) and Michael Kightly (ankle) are missing for Wolves.

However, Bruce and McCarthy are expected to make sweeping changes to their starting elevens for what is essentially a meaningless fixture.

Sunderland have a solid record against Wolves having won 15 and drawn 14 of their 56 fixtures at Molineux and the last time the two sides met in the Midlands, in a 2006/07 Championship fixture, the match ended 1-1.


Match Report

Adlene Guedioura chose the perfect moment to boost his claims for a permanent move to Wolves as he helped to fire Mick McCarthy's team to a 2-1 victory in the final game of the season against nine-man Sunderland.

The Algerian midfielder, who has been on loan at Molineux from the Belgian club RSC Charleroi since January, picked up a pass from Ronald Zubar on the edge of the area and beat Craig Gordon with a low drive in the 78th minute.

The strike earned Wolves their first win in seven games - but it came the hard way as Kenwyne Jones had given Sunderland the lead with his ninth goal of the season after just eight minutes.

Wolves responded swiftly when Kevin Doyle drew them level from the penalty spot before Guedioura set the seal on their comeback.

Sunderland, who have collected their best points tally in the Premier League since 2001, had a frustrating game summed up in the final eight minutes when they had Michael Turner and substitute Jack Colback sent off.

Turner was dismissed after collecting his second yellow card for hauling down Matt Jarvis in the 82nd minute before Colback followed him off in stoppage time after his clumsy challenge on Zubar earned him another caution.

Sunderland had arrived at Wolves with the chance of a top-half finish in their sights. But they have only won twice away from home this season and never really looked like improving on that dismal return despite starting the game with Darren Bent, Jones and Fraizer Campbell in a potent looking attack.

Sunderland really needed to have taken advantage of their early pressure when Bent was denied after just two minutes by Marcus Hahnemann.

Hahnemann also looked to have Jones' shot from the edge of the area covered only for it to leave him flat-footed and float into the net when it took a deflection off Jody Craddock.

If Wolves felt aggrieved by the nature of the goal, they didn't have long to wait to draw level. Just 120 seconds later, referee Lee Mason pointed to the spot after ruling that Sunderland right-back Alan Hutton had fouled Jarvis and Doyle strode forward to confidently convert the penalty.

While Wolves' response to falling behind was swift, Sunderland were equally determined to quickly regain the lead and only the woodwork prevented them doing that when Steed Malbranque slammed his volley against the post four minutes later.

It was a lucky break that Wolves were to capitalise on later through Guedioura and the margin of their victory would have been greater had substitute Chris Iwelumo then not headed over the bar from four yards out and Christophe Berra was denied by a stunning save from Gordon.

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